Abby Mendoza (pep.ph)
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Maria Ramona Bautista, one of the primary suspects in the murder of Ramgen Revilla, is in the custody of her half-brother Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla.
This is according to a police official.
Ramgen and Ramona are children of former senator-actor Ramon Revilla, Sr. with Genelyn Magsaysay.
In an updated report by ABS-CBN News, Las Piñas chief police Senior Superindent Romulo Sapitulan states that the senator had asked permission from authorities to take Ramona to the hospital for a check-up following the trauma of her brother Ramgen’s murder.
The night Ram was murdered, Ramona was reportedly kidnapped and dropped off at the Star Mall in Las Piñas.
But after the initial investigation, Ramona was tagged as a suspect in the case, and police said she had made up the story that she had been kidnapped.
The police conceded to the politician-actor’s request because at the time he asked for permission, Ramona was not yet a suspect in the slaying of Ram.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Enrique Sy, head of Task Force Ramgen, says the Paranaque police was informed by a “Mr. Olivar,” the incumbent senator’s executive assistant, that Senator Bong had taken custody of Ramona.
Sy adds that he later requested Senator Bong to turn over Ramona, 20, and Ramon Joseph “RJ” Bautista, 18— allegedly the mastermind of his brother’s slaying— to the police for questioning.
To date, Sy says that there has been no response yet.
Authorities have yet to speak to Ramona who, according to Parañaque chief police Sr. Supt. Billy Beltran, is “in hiding.”
The crime took place in Ramgen’s home in Phase 6, BF Homes, Parañaque City, where the 23-year-old actor was shot and stabbed.
Janelle Manahan, Ramgen’s girlfriend, was also shot but is recuperating at the Asian Hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.